2016 Finalist Films

 

A Day in the Life of a Syrian Refugee | Ahmad Asaad | WINNER FOR BEST of CINEMATOGRAPHY

About: A filmmaker goes to a Syrian refugee camp and spends the night with a family of 16. Together, they highlight a day in the life of a Syrian refugee.

 

THE LETTER | SHEROZE KHAN | WINNER FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST PICTURE | WINNER FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN ACTING ROLE | WINNER FOR BEST PICTURE

ABOUT: THE FILM FOLLOWS THE STORY OF LEILA AHMED, A BRITISH ANTI-WAR ACTIVIST AND HOW SHE COPES WITH BEING SEPERATED FROM A LOVER. AS HER RELATIONSHIPS WITH THOSE AROUND HER START TO ISOLATE LEILA FROM THE WORLD, LEILA RESORTS TO WRITING PERSONAL LETTERS TO HER ESTRANGED PARTNER TO DEAL WITH HER GRIEF. 'THE LETTER' FOLLOWS LEILA'S STORY AS SHE FINDS HERSELF A PART OF ONE OF THE MOST UNLIKELY LOVE STORIES OF THE MODERN ERA - INSPIRED BY REAL LIFE EVENTS.

 

Don't Tell | Abbas Rattani

 ABOUT: decision making in morally troubling environments. sometimes answers are not as clear as we would like to believe.

 

now | Mohammad alam

ABOUT: More often than not we find ourselves shackled, chained to our own expectations of the future. We suffocate ourselves with prospect of our scheduled societal rites of passage. Break free of those chains. Break free from the future. Focus on now.

 

Crisis | Aman Hameed

ABOUT: A man in search for purpose gets a ride to the airport with the intent to join ISIS and meets someone from his past.

 

A whisper in the dark | Omar Adnan

ABOUT: A Muslim teen's life is left altered by a late night encounter. This short film explores second chances.

 

To the Sea | Ufuk Cavus

ABOUT: A long bedridden disease of Yunus leads to the flourishing of new feelings between his wife Emine and his brother Adem. They have to make a decision in the middle of a journey to get Yunus cured.

 

Muslim Writers' Room | Akifa Khan

ABOUT: A Hollywood show runner enlists the aid of six Muslim comedy writers to develop a pilot about Jihad, the only problem is none of them no where to start.

 

TWO ROADS DIVERGED | AWAIS WATTOO

 ABOUT: DEATH COULD COME TO US AT ANY MOMENT. BE WEARY OF THE CHOICES YOU MAKE AS YOU NEVER KNOW WHICH ONE COULD BE YOUR LAST.